Girls on the Guest List

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This year’s of­fi­cial guest list is packed full of tal­ented women; here’s who they are and why they’re there.

Kate Beaton Beaton be­gan cre­at­ing web comics about his­tor­i­cal and lit­er­ary fig­ures in 2007 un­der the ti­tle Hark! A Va­grant! A huge hit on­line, the Cana­dian car­toon­ist’s suc­cess trans­lated to print with the first col­lec­tion of Hark! A Va­grant! spend­ing five months on The New York Times best­seller list and earn­ing ex­ten­sive crit­i­cal ac­claim. Her work has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Marvel’s Strange Tales an­thol­ogy series, and a sec­ond Hark! col­lec­tion was pub­lished last year, ti­tled Step Aside, Pops, and be­came an in­stant best­seller.

Cece Bell An ac­claimed au­thor and chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tor, Bell’s credits in­clude the books Rab­bit & Robot: The Sleep­over, Itty Bitty, Bee-Wigged, the Sock Mon­key series and El Deafo. The lat­ter, based on her own child­hood grow­ing up deaf, has be­come a huge suc­cess as a sort of hand­book for help­ing peo­ple un­der­stand and com­mu­ni­cate better with deaf chil­dren. El Deafo has won a Newberry Medal Honor and an Eis­ner Award.

Emily Car­roll Car­roll’s dark and creepy comics tales be­gan ap­pear­ing on­line in 2010, quickly mov­ing into print the fol­low­ing year with the re­lease of His Face All Red. Her comics work was pub­lished in var­i­ous print an­tholo­gies be­fore be­ing col­lected in book form as Through the Woods in 2014, earn­ing her one of her two Eis­ner Awards and an Ig­natz Award. She also has worked on the video games Gone Home and The Yawhg. Her most re­cent work is the graphic novel Baba Yaga’s As­sis­tant, pub­lished last year by Can­dlewick Press.

Ra­mona Fradon Fradon was a rar­ity in comics as a woman who drew ad­ven­ture and su­per­hero sto­ries mostly for DC Comics start­ing in the early 1950s when the busi­ness was al­most ex­clu­sively male. She’s best known for a long run draw­ing Aqua­man, dur­ing which she co-cre­ated Aqualad, and co-cre­at­ing the hero Me­ta­mor­pho. She later took over the art du­ties on the Brenda Starr comic strip af­ter cre­ator Dale Mes­sick’s re­tire­ment, draw­ing it from 1980 through her own re­tire­ment in 1995.

Lisa Hanawalt An award win­ning car­toon­ist, Hanawalt’s ear­li­est work in pe­ri­od­i­cals such as The New York Times, McSweeney’s and Van­ity Fair lead to her de­but comic book, I Want You, pub­lished in 2009 by Bue­naven­ture Press to crit­i­cal ac­claim. She fol­lowed it up with the an­thol­ogy book My Dirty Dumb Eyes and is the pro­duc­tion de­signer and pro­ducer of the Net­flix an­i­mated series BoJack Horse­man.

Jen­nifer Hayden A vet­eran au­thor and chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tor, Hayden made a huge splash in comics with the pub­li­ca­tion last year of The Story of My Tits, a 352-page graphic mem­oir about her ex­pe­ri­ences with breast can­cer. Her pre­vi­ous comics ti­tle, Un­der­wire, col­lected her au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal car­toons, and she also writes and draws the ac­claimed on­line comic strips S’crap­book and Rushes.

Trina Rob­bins No dis­cus­sion of women in comics is com­plete with­out men­tion of Rob­bins, who started in the 1950s with il­lus­tra­tions for fanzines be­fore mov­ing on to de­sign the cos­tume for Vam­pirella at War­ren Pub­lish­ing and then mak­ing a splash in the un­der­ground comix scene of the 1970s as well in main­stream comics. She was the first woman to draw an is­sue of Won­der Woman and also has writ­ten sev­eral books on the his­tory of comics and women’s con­tri­bu­tions to comics. Noelle Steven­son Steven­son has made a splash in both comics and an­i­ma­tion in her young ca­reer, hav­ing started out with the fantasy comic Ni­mona, which was first a web comic and then pub­lished by Harper Collins. She went on to co-write the award-win­ning comic series Lum­ber­janes and worked as a staff writer on the Dis­ney TV An­i­ma­tion series Wan­der Over Yon­der. Ni­mona is cur­rently be­ing devel­oped as an an­i­mated fea­ture film at Fox with

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